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The Venturing Committee

The Venturing Committee is comprised of youth and adult Venturing volunteers. The purpose of the group is to support Venturing, encourage youth involvement and growth, and help build better programs and events for the Venturing Crews. The Five Rivers Council Venturing Committee is open to any volunteers who are interested. Meetings are held bi-monthly at the First Presbyterian Church in Horseheads, NY. If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Dan Jackson, Vice President for Ventruring. Check out our calendar of events for the next committee meeting!

Venturing Officers Association (VOA)

The VOA is a key group of youth and adult leaders that help promote Venturing, mainstain the standards of the program, and move the program forward. The VOA can be found within the Council and at the Regional level. The Five Rivers Council belongs to the Area 3 North East Region.

The Five Rivers Council Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is looking for Venturing youth to take part in the Council’s Venturing Officers Association.  By the time of the scheduled committee meeting (March 17, 2014) we would like to have a list of candidates for Venturing officer positions & hold elections. 

The following is a list of the officer positions (term June 1 – May 31):

          President

          Vice President of Administration

          Vice President of Program

          Vice President of Communication

Other positions would be for Event Chairman.

We are looking for youth with leadership experience either with Boy Scout “Introduction to leadership Skills for Troops”, Venturing “Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews” or NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training).  The profile of each position is attached.

If you have any interested youth, have them submit a brief summary of their experience & why they would like to serve as an officer before March 17 to:

Dan Jackon, Vice President for Ventruring

click here to send your summary - A.K.A. - Nomination!

 

VOA Position Profile - President

The President is selected by a prescribed process to serve for a specific term of office (June 1 to May 31).

The President:

  • Reports to the Council Venturing committee chair and serves as a member of that committee.
  • Works with volunteer advisors and staff advisors of their own VOA and with Venturing presidents at the tiers above and below them.
  • Appoints and supervises vice presidents, VOA liaisons, and additional optional VOA youth positions.
  • Leads the youth officer selection process and interviews.
  • Represents the VOA to Scouting leadership at the same tier.
  • Motivates and coordinates the three vice presidents and any other appointed VOA members in assigned tasks and conducting meetings with them as needed.
  • Helps train and mentor presidents in lower tiers.
  • Plans and leads regular meetings of the VOA.
  • Assists VOA members with the selection of subsidiary youth members.
  • Assists the volunteer advisor with selection of subsidiary advisors.
  • Tracks all goals for the VOA and provides regular progress reports to the Council Venturing committee.

 

VOS Position Profile - Vice President of Administration

The Vice President of Administration is appointed by the president-elect (for a term concurrent with that of the president’s), and serves at the president’s pleasure.

The Vice President of Administration:

  • Works with an associate volunteer advisor of the VOA.
  • In consultation with the president, appoints and supervises subsidiary youth positions needed to perform the administrative functions of the VOA.
  • Develops and implements strategies to increase Venturing membership within the territory of the VOA.
  • Actively pursues positive relationships with representatives of BSA chartered organizations, religious groups, businesses, community organizations, and other groups of interest to the VOA and Venturing.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of customs, traditions, and relevant facts about BSA chartered organizations, religious groups, businesses, community organizations, and other groups also of interest to the VOA and Venturing.
  • Promotes and organizes the youth officer selection application processes (at the same tier). They can also assist the President in communicating with the selection committee, organizing the call, etc.
  • Promotes and facilitates the selection and presentation of the Venturing Leadership Award and other appropriate Venturing awards at the same tier.
  • Maintains records of recognitions, membership, officer selections, and VOA leadership alumni.
  • Keeps contact with VOA alumni for possible future mentor or advisor roles when needed.
  • Takes minutes at VOA meetings.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the president.

 

VOA Position Profile - Vice President of Program

The Vice President of Program is appointed by the president-elect (for a term concurrent with that of the president) and serves at the president’s pleasure.

The Vice President of Program:

  • In consultation with the president, appoints and supervises subsidiary youth positions needed to perform the program functions of the VOA.
  • Works with an associate volunteer advisor of the VOA.
  • Supervises activity chairs and the planning of activities (conferences, outings, summits, and other events).
  • Facilitates internal training events of the VOA.
  • Promotes external training events and maintains a knowledge base of all training opportunities available for youth and adult members in Venturing.
  • Manages VOA finances, if required.
  • Coordinates and implements innovative ideas for development.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the president.

 

VOA Position Profile - Vice President of Communication

The Vice President of Communication is appointed by the president-elect (for a term concurrent with that of the president) and serves at the president’s pleasure.

The Vice President of Communication:

  • In consultation with the president, appoints and supervises subsidiary youth positions needed to perform the communication functions of the VOA.
  • Works with an associate volunteer Advisor of the VOA.
  • Actively studies and remains aware of the best way to communicate to Venturers on the VOA and in its jurisdiction, understanding that several methods of delivery must be utilized for maximum effectiveness.
  • Ensures that the VOA's web presence is being maintained, updated, and scaled appropriately for effective publication of information and collection of feedback.
  • Periodically publishes a newsletter of past, current, and future events, including articles of noteworthy events and other items of interest to Venturers.
  • Submits articles about the VOA’s activities to other Scouting media (e.g., council or region newsletter and websites).
  • Actively pursues opportunities to increase VOA exposure by submitting articles, comments, photos, and upcoming event announcements, and reports to external publications such as local newspapers and other appropriate venues.
  • Maintains groups, pages, blogs, calendars, message boards, etc., on the most relevant social media and social networking sites.
  • Develops and maintains the tools to communicate with all relevant parties using a variety of methods such as telephone, text message, email, and postal mail as appropriate.
  • Maintains rosters of VOA members and frequently involved persons, including as many forms of readily available communication paths as possible, and identifies preferred methods, making it available to the VOA as needed and appropriate.
  • Develops, updates, maintains, and makes readily available marketing strategies, solutions, and materials.
  • Actively pursues contact information for people, groups, and businesses of interest to the VOA.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the president.


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